Archive for April, 2012


Caribbean Mule

I didn’t want to be outdone with only one variation – so number two the Caribbean Mule.  Sounds interesting, trade rum for the vodka and add some bitters and see what happens!

  • 2.25 ounces of light rum (Bacardi)
  • 0.75 ounce dark rum (Myers)
  • 0.75 ounce lime juice
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 3 ounces of ginger beer

Mix together in a tall collins glass, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First taste is the dark rum, thick taste of raw sugar cane.  The lime is in the background, and the finish is all ginger beer, but the sweetness is cut by the bitters.
  • I have never tasted a drink like this, rum and ginger is a fine combination.
  • Not as smooth and light as the original, but a great flavor all its own.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • A great alternative to the original, although not my first choice.
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I have a fan!  Today I received a note on Facebook from one of my good friends about the drink they were enjoying and how it wasn’t on the blog.  Now, apparently there were six Mule alternatives where they were, but presented here is the classic original.  Developed in the late 1940s, including the obligatory copper mug, as a way to promote Smirnoff vodka, it contributed to the fact that today that is a household name.  How does it taste?

  • 2 ounces vodka (Smirnoff if you want the original)
  • 0.5 ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • Mint sprig and lime wedge for garnish

Combine everything over ice in a tall collins glass, stir and garnish with the mint sprig and lime wedge.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Another great ginger beer cocktail, with a little sweetness of lime and the spiciness of the ginger.
  • There is vodka in here to add the kick, but you wouldn’t know it.  This is an easy drinking long cocktail.
  • The smell of the mint as you sip adds to the experience.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 9/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A fine inspiration for a fine cocktail.

Captain & OJ

Time for a simple drink today – its the sweeter and more healthful version of a Captain & Coke.  Nothing like a little bit of Vitamin C while you drink.  I feel like I should say something whitty about OJ Simpson, but he stabs people, so I think I will refrain… although that could lead to a phenomenol civil settlement, even if he’s “innocent”.  Let’s bring Judge Ito out of retirement.

On to the drinking.

  • 1.5+ ounces Captain Morgan
  • 4-6 ounces orange juice

Pour everthing in a rocks glass over ice, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Not a combination that seems obvious, but this drink is a treat – an orange creamsicle!
  • Not sure why, but the vanilla from the Captain Morgan and the orange juice are a fantastic combo!
  • Sweet, fun and alcoholic version of the ice cream truck!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • This is a fine alternative to a screwdriver.

Help!  I’m so far behind.  After 4 full months of making drinks I have to say that it is a challenge to keep up.  One drink a day sounds so easy until you try it.  This drink is from April 26.  It fell to the cutting room floor as a result of me not having anything creative to say that day.  It’s really a shame, because this is a great drink, I guess its just not inspirational!  Enjoy the Churchill Downs – maybe your horse will come in!

  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounces brandy
  • 0.5 triple sec
  • 4 chilled ginger ale

Combine in a tall collins glass over ice, stir gently and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is a boozy drink, but not a strong one.  The bourbon and the brandy make this a classic cocktail.
  • A nice sweetness up front, but the flavor of the brandy is clear in the aftertaste.
  • The triple sec adds an interesting flavor to the liquor, softens and sweetens.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • A pleasant cooler to enjoy with a good movie.

Key Lime Pie Martini

I can’t do all the work – what follows is a drink discovered by my friend Lisa on a trip to Key West.  I received a desperate email demanding to include this on the blog with the title “Best Martini Ever”.  That’s high praise, so once she returned from Florida, gathered all the necessary ingredients, I was held hostage at our F1 gathering to try it.  For good measure, and to keep the tropical theme going – Bungi the parrot features in the photo shoot.

  • 3 ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 ounce Coconut Rum
  • 2.25 ounces lime creme liqueur
  • Splash of lime juice

Shake vigorously over ice, rim a chilled martini glass with sugar, pour, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Best martini ever is high praise, and unfortunately I cannot get there.  Maybe Lisa had succumbed to the heat and humidity of a Florida night!
  • I tried the drink the first time without the lime juice and found it wanting – it was too thick and creamy and needed the hit of citrus.
  • This is a great drink, and I’m sure it will be hit with those people who want a fun fruity beverage.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10 (sorry Lisa)
  • Strength: 7/10 (but it WILL kick your ass if you have a couple)
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • I appreciate the help, but the search for the best martini ever continues…

British Atol

Most cocktails are for the eveninging, but there are certain drinks that are acceptable before noon.  This would be one of those drinks – it’s juice with alcohol!  So grab your cocktail shaker and make a British Atol with your cornflakes.

  • 2 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 2 ounces creme de bannana
  • 2 ounces orange juice

Combine over ice, shake, strain and serve into a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Bananna first, orange juice second and a hint of gin.
  • No question this is a sweet concoction, perfeect substitute to juice with breakfast!
  • It’s surprising that this is made with gin, almost seems better suited to vodka – I’ll have to try that next time.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • Perfect addition to your next brunch.

El Diablo

Today I was driving the mean streets of Chula Vista as I took a trip down memory lane with my ex-coworker Matt as he was looking for his next office space endeavor.  We drove out to Eastlake and then over to Sunbow past my old stomping grounds at Tivoli Villas.  Somehow we managed to avoid Lolitas, odd.  Then we went to downtown Chula Vista, where it seems to stay in business you need to be selling car audio equipment or be a 99 cent store.  We even passed by Wild Wooly’s (of Long Island Iced Tea fame).  Sounds bad, but as we drove around it was like I was touring my buddy around my neighborhood.  Funny how you keep a connection to the place you do your growing up.

In honor of being in Chulajuana, today’s drink is the El Diablo – full of tequila!

  • o.5 lime
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 0.5 ounce crème de cassis
  • 4 ounces of ginger ale

Pour into a rocks glass over ice, stir and serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • You can certainly taste the flavor of the tequila, but the shiver factor has been removed.
  • Odd taste of blackcurrant in the background, it goes strangely well.
  • The ginger ale can’t be tasted – it just softens the rest of the drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • There’s not really anything devilish about this cocktail beyond its name.

Bonus points to the first person to name the cool cat in the picture.

Honolulu Lulu

I’m seventy or so posts in, and today I am having a bout of writers block.  What’s a blogger to do?  Maybe it’s because it’s Blah Blah Blah Day, maybe it’s because I just wrote a check to Uncle Sam, I dunno.  Instead of wasting your time with more words, let’s just focus on the drink – the Honolulu Lulu.

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

Mix everything over ice and shake, serve in a tall collins glass over ice.  Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • An interesting drink, nice and sweet flavor of pineapple, and the interesting taste of coffee in the background, like rum punch meets Columbia.
  • The rum disappears, although I am sure it helps the enjoyment…
  • More writers block, let’s just say its good.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Try this as a great summer cocktail – you will not regret it.

East India

I am so happy today.  The wife is coming home from being away on business/pleasure to New York and Chicago for the last 8 days – and I have to say she is missed.  I cannot wait until tomorrow, when I no longer have to eat McDonald’s three meals a day, have to pick out my outfits unassisted and, most importantly, drink alone.  Alas, she is not arriving until later this evening – so one final solo cocktail is in order – the East India.

  • 1.5 ounces brandy (Spanish)
  • 0.25 ounce Cointreau
  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Shake everything over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist and a maraschino cherry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Basic flavor is pineapple, but it is subtle, almost like a cocktail with infused liquor and not one containing real juice.
  • Very mellow drink, and a little on the sweet side.  Easy to sip and enjoy.
  • The finish is a mix of sweet pineapple and the complexity of the brandy.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • Exceedingly well-balanced cocktail, if you want and easy sipping martini with the friendly taste of pineapple – you should give this a try.

Light n’ Stormy

That Dark n’ Stormy went down well.  Really well.  The problem was that it leaves me with am empty glass!  Since I just made its’ sinister cousin – let’s try a Light n’ Stormy.

  • 2 ounces rum (10 Cane)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer
  • 0.5 tablespoon of simple syrup

Same as before: glass, ice, liquor, stir, serve.  Garnish with a lime if desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The 10 Cane certainly has the same flavor of cane sugar, but much less pronounced.  Almost smooth.
  • Looks like a glass of sparkling white wine!
  • A little lighter, maybe even more appropriate for a noon cocktail, but retains the balanced goodness of its darker friend.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Almost as good as the original, but if given the choice, I’ll go with the classic.